By Blessing Masakadza
PARLIAMENTARIAN Job Sikhala, pictured, says he will continue piling pressure on the State to prosecute or free him after a regional magistrate once again declined to let him go.
Sikhala is accused of publishing falsehoods prejudicial to the State emanating from a post he allegedly made on Facebook involving a scuffle between a cop and a woman.
The State sought the matter to be postponed to April 4 saying they were waiting for a High Court determination on a similar matter in which the suspect was freed and wanted to appeal against the decision which was met with resistance by Sikhala who challenged further remand.
In a bid to justify the postponement, the State gave an undertaking to provide papers showing there is movement in the High Court case and yesterday produced papers showing they were making an application for rescission of the judgment.
Sikhala represented by Jeremiah Bamu challenged it saying it was based on false misrepresentation as the State had sought to produce appeal papers and not the rescission papers.
Regional magistrate Stanford Mambanje conceded that the papers were not as promised by the State but said the effect was the same before granting the State’s application to allow the State to prosecute the High Court matter which he said has a bearing on the Sikhala case.
Sikhala’s lawyer said they would mount another application for refusal of remand if on April 4 the State does not prove there is movement in the High Court case.
Sikhala is alleged to have posted on social media statements which the State says bring hostility to the police.
He allegedly wrote “This monstrosity in our country must come to an end. People are already suffering through a mirage of problems and you just take your button stick and kill a 9months child. We have reached a boiling point. This year igore rezvimbokoma. Wait and see. I swear with my dead mother.”
Sikhala at one point sought to have the matter referred to the Constitutional Court arguing that his rights were violated by the arrest and prosecution on the charge which he said was unconstitutional as the law was struck off by the constitutional court in 2014.
He said another suspect who was charged with the same offence had the charges dropped by the High Court but the lower court insisted on keeping him on remand despite the superior court making a finding.